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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

Do movers offer remote or virtual services?

Movers generally need to be present to do their job. But if you come across a mover’s profile that states they’re offering remote services, you can contact them to see what those services include. 

What is considered a local move vs. a long-distance move?

Local moves are among the most common moves. Unlike a long-distance move, a local move is typically less than 50 miles and does not cross state lines. Generally, a local move only takes one day, and movers tend to charge by the hour. 

The definition of a long-distance move may vary depending on the moving company. Generally, a long-distance considered to be any move of 400 miles or more. However, some say a long-distance move is over 50-100 miles. 

Local Move

A move under 50 miles

Long-Distance Move

A move over 50-100 miles or over 400 miles; may also be called an “interstate move” or “out-of-state move”

Out-of-State Move

A move that crosses state lines; may also be called an “interstate move” or “long-distance move”

Interstate Move

A move that crosses state lines; may also be called an “out-of-state move” or “long-distance move”

Intrastate Move

A move that begins and ends in the same state, typically beyond 50 miles

Interstate moves require additional legal preparation and will incur additional costs for distance, the amount and weight of your items, the preparation required and various other factors. Moving companies tend to do an initial weighing of the truck, which you should be present for.

A move that crosses state lines is considered an interstate move or an out-of-state move. Contrast this with an intrastate move, which begins and ends in the same state, but is typically above 50 miles. 

To determine whether your move is local or long-distance, contact the best movers in your area.



How much does it cost for long-distance movers?

Long-distance movers transport your belongings across the country for you. No more renting a trailer and road-tripping from state to state with your entire house hitched to your bumper. Long-distance movers make the move happen so you can fly to your new home, suitcase in hand, and wait for your furniture to arrive. Nationally, the average price range for long-distance movers is $1,490-$2,230. The distance you are moving and the number of cubic feet the movers have to transport will both affect cost. Another factor in long-distance moving costs is whether you choose to pay for an exclusive move or a consolidated move.

In an exclusive move, which is more expensive, your belongings are the only cargo on the moving truck. The movers travel directly to your new house and deliver your belongings on a scheduled day. A consolidated move is more affordable because the movers transport your belongings along with those of other people, saving them time and gas — which means you save money. The downside is that your belongings typically arrive with a two-week delivery window rather than on a prescheduled day. Read reviews to make sure you can trust the company with your possessions to ensure a peaceful moving process.

Can you move furniture by yourself?

You might be able to move smaller items like nightstands, small desks, chairs and small tables by yourself. However, it’s best to get a professional mover near you to move larger items such as couches, dressers, armoires and televisions. 

If you do decide to move furniture by yourself, carefully lift and lower items and take your time.

Is it cheaper to move your stuff or buy new stuff?

It often makes more financial sense to buy new stuff when you have the chance to sell furniture to offset the cost. The cost of moving your current furniture can sometimes be more than buying new things, particularly if the furniture is large or cumbersome to move. You can sell furniture online, or make a furniture donation and deduct it from your taxes (if it qualifies as a charitable contribution). Some places near you may even offer free furniture pickup when you choose to donate. 

If you have valuable furniture that would be costly to replace, however, it may be cheaper to move them. To find out which option is best for you, contact professional movers in your area to receive quotes and estimates.

Should I buy moving insurance?

Your homeowners or renters insurance policy may or may not protect your belongings if they get lost or damaged during a move. If you’re moving valuable items, or if you’re moving a great distance, it could be a good idea to invest in moving insurance.

Interstate movers are required to offer you full value protection and released value protection to help reimburse you in case of damage or loss. If you’re moving within your state, check with your state’s consumer affairs agency to see if your state has rules and requirements regarding moving insurance and valuation coverage.

How much do you tip movers?

It’s recommended that you tip your movers individually around $4 to $5 per hour. For example, if a team of four movers spends a half-day (four hours) on your move, tip each mover $20. Or, some people tip 5% to 10% of their total bill for small moves and 15% to 20% for larger moves.

If you’re moving across state lines, you may hire different crews to load and unload your goods. In that case, divide the tips between both crews. It’s also a good rule of thumb to add a bit extra for tipping movers if you have special circumstances that have made the move harder, like a spiral staircase or an exceptionally heavy sofa. 

How do you move large pieces of furniture?

Moving large furniture can be done with help from the best movers in your area and careful planning. First, get an idea of how much the furniture weighs and how much each mover can manage. The next step is figuring out the path the furniture will take as it exits its point of origin and makes its way to its new home. Professional movers then use dollies, furniture protectors and personal safety gear for a safe, smooth move. 

How do I protect my furniture when moving?

To protect furniture when moving, get furniture protectors. These will help cushion accidental impacts that may occur while making your way through tight spaces. You can also use furniture sliders for hardwood floors, which can make moving heavy or awkward furniture across your floors a lot easier than lugging it all the way. 

A professional mover near you will likely have these and other moving equipment to ensure your furniture remains intact and doesn’t damage your new — or old — home.

Can you hire movers to move one item?

Yes, you can hire movers to move one item. Single-item movers are usually more than happy to give you a quote, which will likely be based on a few factors.

One of the primary things to take into consideration is the number of movers it takes to move one item. For instance, if you want to move one item of furniture, it may take several movers — particularly if it is a challenging move involving multiple floors.

Contact single-item movers near you to find out what services they offer, and get free estimates.

Reviews for Duluth movers
Kevin S.
Bear’s Moving did a excellent job with my move. Very professional and efficient movers. Highly recommended.
Bear's Moving CoBear's Moving Co
Michelle A.
I was very impressed by LIOO Moving. They did an excellent job - a flawless move. I will definitely call them for my next moving project!
LIOO MovingLIOO Moving
Bobby H.
Midas Moving did a great job on my move. They were effective and efficient with they move. I would highly recommend their services. 5 STARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Midas Moving ATLMidas Moving ATL
Thumbtack Customer
It was a very pleasant experience moving with 404 Movers. It was a 25 mile move, and was done in 4 1/2 hours. The professional movers helped pack stuff and were very courteous. I would recommend them to my friends!
404 Movers404 Movers
Lakeesha H.
Champ Exchange movers did an excellent job! They were prompt and efficient. If you are looking for reliable movers these are your men! Thank you C.E. Movers!
Champ Exchange Enterprises LLCChamp Exchange Enterprises LLC
Talitha J.
These movers provided superior service, were professional, showed up on time and did an overall outstanding job. If we move again we will definitely use Smooth Move
Tamera J.
Rescue Me Moving came through in an emergency when All My Sons canceled on the day of my move. Rescue Me Moving showed up as scheduled, wrapped my furniture and made my move successful! I would highly recommend!
Rescue Me Moving Company LLCRescue Me Moving Company LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The move was excellent with 404 movers. The guys took great care of my furniture by wrapping them before moving. I wish I hired one more guy to speed the move but that is my mistake. Overall they are very professional and provide excellent service.
404 Movers404 Movers
Kaylyn D.
This was the smoothest move I’ve ever experienced! First time hiring movers and it won’t be the last. These guys move super fast and they’re so hospitable! 10/10 would definitely recommend!
What’s The Move LLCWhat’s The Move LLC
Anthony R.
I was skeptical about hiring movers at first, but I was VERY pleased with choosing Faith Moving Co. to move my couches. Jason responded quickly and helped me move the same day of. He was efficient, kind, and easy to work with. I would ABSOLUTELY recommend them. Great guys!
Faith Moving & Storage. (Only God moves better)Faith Moving & Storage. (Only God moves better)
Tasha m.
These movers were great! They took great care with all of my stuff while moving. They wrapped everything breakable with moving blankets and plastic wrap! They even put everything back together at the place we moved to. Jeremy was extremely responsive and their rate was very fair. I would use them again in a heartbeat
Big Deal Moving and PackingBig Deal Moving and Packing
Thumbtack Customer
Randy and Roux showed up to move me as promised. Didn't break at all and moved my 3bdrm house to pod under 5 hours. This was by far the most pleasant of my moving trials. Thanks Mitchie for the customer service!
404 Movers404 Movers
Deborah F.
Thank you JJ’s moving company. The movers are super nice, very polite, and hard working young men. I really appreciate them. Moving in general is not easy but they made it look easy. God bless you guys!!
JJ's Moving & Transport LLCJJ's Moving & Transport LLC
Nichole W.
I have moved a lot and I am upset that I’m just finding RLMJ Movers now! They are as excellent as their rating suggests! Responsive, punctual, pleasant and professional (everyone on the team!), quick and careful with your belongings, great value...they are exactly what you hope for when you hire a moving service. If you have any reservations, you can put them all to rest and just schedule RLMJ Movers today! They moved my Mom today and I’ve already scheduled them for my own move next week. I cannot recommend them highly enough!
RLMJ MoversRLMJ Movers
Stephanie C.
This family team of movers were very impressive with how fast and efficient they were. I will definitely use them for any future moves
We Are Family Movers inc.We Are Family Movers inc.
Dan K.
I hired LIIO Movers for the first time today and they were great. They showed up early and started moving right away. Vic and Ramone were very professional and hard working. I would definitely hire them again for another move.
LIOO MovingLIOO Moving
Ali O.
Do not hesitate to use Midas Moving ATL for your move. They were prompt in answering all my questions and made the move less stressful. Malik and Ray were professional and very efficient. They wrap all your furniture which is a big plus!
Midas Moving ATLMidas Moving ATL
Tee's movers are very gentle with the furniture and have a positive attitude towards work. They worked diligently and made our move stress free. Recommended.
Heywon S.
Jamal, thank you so much for a delightful experience moving my upright piano across Georgia! They had the tools to move the piano and were very responsive to this last minute request. Thank you again, I’ll recommend you to anyone’s moving needs!
Bear's Moving CoBear's Moving Co
Chelce M.
They were amazing. My husband and I were moving, and the movers we previously hired cancelled on us 2 hours before they were supposed to move us. Mr. John showed up for us same day and moved all of our items to our new home. We are extremely grateful, especially considering how it was a last minute emergency. Thank you again!!!
Wright-Way Relocation Services, LLCWright-Way Relocation Services, LLC
I hired this company to move a piano for me. They did a great job moving it. They are very professional and on time and very respectful I recommend them for sure
Compass Liberty Express, LLCCompass Liberty Express, LLC
Jessica W.
These guys were great!! Kenny responded quickly to get set up for our moving day. They took care of everything, were professional, and made sure that the move went smoothly. I highly recommend if you need movers, Kenny and his partner are ones to choose!
CKDelivery LLCCKDelivery LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I really appreciate these guys helping me move a lot of stuff. If you need hard working and dedicated movers, this the company you should hire.
Faith Moving & Storage. (Only God moves better)Faith Moving & Storage. (Only God moves better)
Thumbtack Customer
I had a mover cancel on me yesterday. I talked to Derrick from United Movers last night and he told me he could move me the next morning. I was really grateful for his quick response and they showed up at 8 am the next day to move my stuff a day before Thanksgiving. Was on time and moved my stuff carefully. I am glad I found them on Thumbtack. Thank you to Derrick and his other helper for saving me from this nightmare I had from the previous day from the other moved. I recommend them! (left Nov 25 2015)
United Movers LLCUnited Movers LLC
Jeff A.
This is the second time using Cross Fit movers. I will use them for any future moves. Professional, hard working, courteous and just a lot of fun to be around.
Crossfit MoversCrossfit Movers
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